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Christchurch Staff

Nick Burrow – Supervisory Tutor / Exercise Prescription Tutor

Nick After 6 years completing bachelors and masters degrees in the US, Nick went on to work with both collegiate and professional athletes in various sports. He is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Nick brings the latest exercise science and conditioning knowledge and principles to ensure that students are receiving high quality academic and practical information. Nick was involved in athletics where he was a multiple NZ champion, US collegiate champion, and has represented NZ.

Specialist Areas: Sports strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, exercise metabolism.


  • Masters degree in Science
  • Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Craig Wilson - PT Course Leader 

Craig has worked in the sports and education sectors since 1998 when he took up an opportunity to play cricket in the UK and was a cricket coaching professional at a top private school. Since this time Craig has been an athlete (cricket and basketball), a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, an English teacher and school manager (in Japan) and, most recently, an educator in the field of sports science. While the best of his playing days are behind him, Craig still revels in the competitive aspects of fitness and enjoys all forms of physical training. Craig joined the NZIS team in 2006 where he took leadership of the personal training course. Hundreds of Craig’s graduates have taken up personal training roles here in Christchurch, around New Zealand and in other parts of the world.

Specialist Areas: Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Injury Rehabilitation, biomechanical analysis (both postural and dynamic), coaching (basketball and cricket).


  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science 
  • CELTA – Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English Language to Adults 

Rohan Dewa – SportsZone Course Leader

Rohan has been working in the education sector since 1998, working with young people and helping them achieve their potential. He’s been at NZIS since 2003 as the Sportszone Team Leader in Christchurch working with young foundation students.

Specialist Areas: Adventure based learning and outdoor education.

  • Master of Science  in Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science

Lucy Flattery - Sports Studies Lead Tutor

Lucy joined the NZIS Christchurch team in 2017 as the Sports Studies Course Leader. Lucy is originally from Christchurch but moved to Dunedin for studies. In 2015 she graduated from Otago University and moved home to Christchurch in pursue of a career. After graduating she ran her own small business of bootcamps and group fitness as well as a full time job as a receptionist.

Lucy has a passion for hockey and is still involved with coaching. She also enjoys snowboarding and playing touch! She is very passionate about helping young people to achieve their goals and get them ready for their next stage in life.


  • Bachelor of Physical Education and Exercise Sciences
  • Certificate in Small Business Management Level 4
  • Currently completing Certificate in Adult Teaching

Stephen Ede – Sport, Teaching and Coaching Tutor

After previously working in the advertising industry, Stephen finished a Sport Coaching degree in 2007. He then started work teaching an ABL course for at risk youth. After 3 years in ABL Stephen made the move into teaching applied sport which involved sport coaching and gym instruction elements. Stephen enjoys kickboxing and coaching basketball at both school and representative level. He has played representative basketball for Mid-Canterbury, and was a junior rep in rugby and cricket. He has also rowed for the Cure rowing club. Stephen is passionate about helping others develop themselves and achieve their goals.

Specialist Areas: Sport Psychology, Sport Coaching, Communication, Sport Marketing

  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching
  • Certificate in Adult Education

Ben Brown - Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription Leader

Right from the start of my tertiary education journey, I had the goal of becoming a strength and conditioning coach. In 2012 I achieved that goal and started putting in the hours, coaching as many athletes as I could. After coaching athletes from a range of sports I decided to develop myself as an Individual and coach by joining the NZ Army. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to see how real military conditioning looked like and how I could tailor that style for training athletes outside the army. One thing the army certainly taught me is that, respect is earned by working hard in any physical training session. Apart from my huge passion for strength and conditioning, the mountains are my biggest influence and passion. Nothing brings me more pleasure than spending a week deep in the southern alps pitting myself against nature. Climbing Mt Aspiring and Mitre Peak (Milford Sound) are some of my more notable adventures but anything that requires a high level of physical endurance and mental toughness I'm up for, every time. One thing that every strength and conditioning coach must do is put their own body through tough times so when they put an athlete through their paces they know exactly what it feels like. "Train hard, fight easy"!


  • Certificate IV in Sports Development
  • Certificate IV in Personal Training
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning 

Nathan Tau - Sport Management Tutor

After working in government for the past 5 years, Nathan returns to sport and education industry to share some of his experiences having worked at club, regional and national levels in various roles i.e. sports and coaching development, facility management, events, sales, competition coordination etc. He is passionate about the success of New Zealand’s young people, especially Maori me nga Pasifika.

Specialist Areas: Sport Management, Facility Management, Officiating, Policy etc.


  • Bachelor of Recreation Management, majoring in Sport Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Transformation and Change
  • Diploma in Te Pinaketanga o te Reo Level 6
  • Diploma in Te Aupikitanga o te Reo Level 6
  • Certificate in Te Putaketanga o te Reo Level 5
  • Gagana Samoa Level 1

Rrita Xharra – Site Administrator

Rrita has been at NZIS since 2005 as the Site Administrator and has undertaken the role of Financial Controller for Platinum Sport. Originally from Kosovo, Rrita has been in NZ since 1995. While in NZ she has developed an interest in diving, fishing and snorkeling, and she loves to travel.

  • BA (First Class Hons) (Anthropology & Development Studies)
  • Diploma in Business (in progress)
  • MYOB training

Whitney Richardson - Administrator 

Whitney studied at NZIS in 2015 and 2016 to get her Advanced Diploma in Sport Management and just finished her Degree in Applied Management through the Open Polytechnic. She has experience in coaching Football, Touch and T-ball. Her experience in coaching has lead to a variety of different opportunities such as working for Youthtown as a sports coach, Canterbury Rugby as an event manager and in many schools around Christchurch. Her main sports that she specialises in are Softball, Touch, Football and Tag.


  • Bachelor of Applied Management 
  • Level 5 Diploma in Exercise Prescription and Sport Management 
  • Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Sport Management 

Olivia Williams – Marketing and Student Liaison

Olivia studied at NZIS in 2013/14 to get her Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription and just finished her Degree in Applied Science through the Open Polytechnic. She has been a personal trainer for 3 years and plays squash competitively as well as doing regular gym workouts.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Level 5 Diploma in Exercise Prescription and Sport Management
  • Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription